(KMOV.com) – St. Louis police say two officers are on leave after they shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at them during a chase near the Edward Jones Dome Wednesday night.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police officials said officers were conducting hot-spot policing downtown when they noticed two suspects inside a car. The suspects then drove away from the scene.
Police said they saw the same car near the intersection of 9th and Carr. Authorities said the suspects attempted to drive away from the scene, but hit a parked car.
Police said the 25-year-old passenger then jumped out of the car and ran.
“There are two officers that was giving chase and at that point,” said Major Rochelle Jones, “the suspect turned around and pointed a .45 automatic weapon with an extended clip at them and at that point, the officers fired shots.”
The two officers opened fire and struck the suspect several times. He was rushed to an area hospital where he later died from a gunshot wound.
The driver stayed in the wrecked vehicle and was taken into custody at the crash scene.
The two officers involved were immediately placed on administrative leave per police policy.
The two officers were not injured. It is standard procedure to place officers involved in fatal shootings on leave while the investigation continues.